Do you want to know how to freeze green beans? Are you looking for
the best storage option to use green beans throughout the year? Green beans are
healthy and can help you to boost your digestion. However, fresh green beans
are not available in all seasons. But you can store them in your freezer and
use whenever you want.
Storage is easy, and you can store frozen green beans for almost a
year. You might be thinking about how. Here are a few tips that can help you to
store green beans in your freezer. You will have to take care of every detail,
such as to pick the beans at the right time as well as following the right
How to Choose the
Best Green Bean for Freezing?
For the storage, you will have to be a little choosy while picking
green beans. Picking is important since if you choose wrong beans or at the
wrong time, then you might not store them for long. Also, beans might lose the
freshness and flavor if not chosen properly. The peak season to store green
beans is from May to October. You can choose any day between these months to
ensure the best outcome. In the peak seasons, yummy and fresh green beans will
be available in your local store. Visit your local store and choose
blemish-free, crisp, and bright-colored beans. Take extra caution to avoid the
green beans with shivered ends or limp.
Make sure that these beans do not have small beans inside. Though
the small beans do not affect the quality and taste of the green beans, still,
these are not considered good for the storage. The size signifies that the bean
is past its prime.
You will have to choose the freshest possible bean and freeze soon
after picking them from the store or your garden. It is suggested to freeze on
the same day. If you want to wait for some obvious reason like a busy schedule,
then keep them in the freeze in the meantime.
Prep Your Freezing
Your freezing container does not need much preparation. You can
use jars, bags, and a freezer container to store green beans. All you need is
to clean those containers and then make it completely dry. Any moisture is not
suggested since it can damage the beans. After keeping green beans in the
container or bag, you can simply shake them to compact beans.
How to Prep the
Green Bean for Freezing
Now you have the fresh green beans and freeze containers. The next
is how to prepare the beans for storage. You can consider any with or without
blanching. We will discuss both the methods. To start with, use cool tap water
to wash green beans. After washing, take a small handful of green beans and
line up their stem ends and use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the stems. Repeat
the process with the remaining beans. If required, you can trim off its tapered
tail ends. As a lot of recipes need cut green beans, you can cut your beans into
one-inch pieces for easy storage. If you want, you can store whole green beans
depending on your preference. Both ways will offer the same benefit.
Wash your beans with water again to get rid of any dirt and then
dry beans completely. Proper drying up is important to ensure better storage.
You can use a paper or cloth towel to dry green beans completely. The drying up
process will not take more than half an hour.
Now pack the beans into the jars, bags, or container. Seal the
container following the manufacturer instructions and press hard to get rid of
all the possible air. You can also use a freezer tape around the container lid
edges to get a tight seal.
The above method will enable you to freeze green beans with
blanching. Some suggested blanching for more effective storage. Blanching will
demand one more step. You will have to boil beans in water for a few minutes
and then dunk them in ice water. It will help green beans to maintain the
flavor and color during freezing.
For boiling, get water in a large pot and boil them. Place beans
into the boiling water for two to four minutes depending on the size of beans.
While using large beans, you can boil for four minutes and small beans, the
time should not exceed two minutes. Soon after, you will have to cool the beans
quickly in rice water. Once the beans are cooled down, drain them and follow
the same process for the storage. Pack the drained green beans into containers,
bags, or jars. Shake the container to compact green beans and add more beans
while leaving 1-2 inch headspace.
Package and Label
Your Green Bean
After packing the beans in the container by following the above
instructions, the next step is to label those containers. You will have to
label each container with the content name, packaging date, and amount. It is
important to mention all the details in the labeling. Otherwise, you might
forget the packaging date and might not use them at the right time.
How to Freeze Your
If you are using bags, then rearrange your bags in such a way that
you can lay them as flat as possible. This will ensure quick freezing and will
preserve the original flavor and taste of your beans as well. Lay the
containers or bag flat to the freezer in the batches. Besides, leave some space
near the container so that air can easily circulate. Now, your beans are safe
in the freezer. You can use them whenever you want for cooking.
How Long Can Frozen
Green Beans Be Stored?
As stated earlier, frozen green beans can be stored for a long
time up to a year if you follow the right freezing method or choose the right
green beans. You can store frozen beans around nine months while using a
conventional freezer. If you want to store even longer, then you can use a deep
These are lovely little pies meat pies. This style of pie is thought to have originated in Scottland but can be found in one form or another throughout the united kingdom. In fact, I have been thinking about this style of pie since a visit to Montreal, Canada, last year where I saw them in local restaurants and bakery shops.
Scotch Pie For Two Ingredients
lb. mutton, minced 225
gr mutton, minced
tbsp gravy 60
tsp smoked paprika powder 1
tsp paprika powder
tsp nutmeg ½
of salt Pinch
of ground black pepper Pinch
of ground black pepper
1 ½ cups of plain flour 180 gr of plain flour
½ cup of lard 118 ml of lard
½ cup of water 118 ml of water
of salt Pinch
egg, beaten (for glaze)
Scotch Pie For Two Directions
2 pieces of 4’ ramekin dish. Grease with oil.
the oven to 400F
all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until well-combined. Chill in the
Add flour and salt in a different medium mixing bowl, stir to combine, set aside. Heat water and lard in a medium saucepan until boiling, remove from heat then pour into the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon, let it cool down a little. Once cool enough, put onto the floured surface and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes (like pizza dough)
Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls. Roll out 2 balls of dough to a size that could cover bottom and sides of the ramekin. Put the dough in the ramekin, push gently with your finger to make sure all sides of ramekin are covered, making the ramekin as the mold for the pie. Do the same to the other ramekin.
Take the meat out of the fridge and divide by 2 equal sizes. Place 1 ball of meat to a ramekin, spread the meat evenly with a spoon, so it has a flat surface.
Roll out the remaining balls of dough to a size that could cover the top of the pie, making it like the lids on top of the filling. Press gently to make sure the edges are stick together. Make a little X or hole in the middle of the lid. Do the same with the other ramekin
Brush beaten egg to the top of the pies. Put both ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the pies by scraping the sides with a small knife first, it should come out very easily. Serve while it’s warm.
This pot pie is a nice, high protein, comfort food recipe perfect for cooking in cooler weather. This recipe has beans and two kinds of meat to make the pot pie filling and nutritious.
Pork Pot Pie For Two Ingredients
¼ lb. pork ribs, cut
into small cubes 113 gr pork
¼ lb. salami, cut into
small cubes 113 gr salami
1/2 cup dried kidney
beans 100 gr
dried kidney beans
1 stalk of celery,
stalk of celery
2 cloves of garlic, finely
minced 2 cloves of
1 carrot, roughly chopped 1 carrot
1 tbsp ketchup 1
¼ cup red wine 60 ml of red wine
½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp
1 tsp paprika powder 1 tsp paprika
2 cups of water 473 ml of water
1 tsp beef powder 1 tsp
1 sprig of fresh
sprig of fresh rosemary
1 russet potato, cut
into small cubes 1 russet
1 tsp dried parsley 1 tsp
1 sheet puff pastry,
thawed 1 sheet puff
1 egg yolk, beaten 1 egg
Pinch of salt Pinch
Pinch of pepper Pinch
Pork Pot Pie For Two Directions
Add kidney beans in a large bowl, wash and soak in 2 cups of water overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain and set aside.
Season pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown them in oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Remove from heat and set aside
Add the salami to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes then add celery, garlic, and carrot. Continue sautéing until the vegetables have softened.
Add ketchup, red wine, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to boil. Add cumin, paprika powder, beef powder, and water. Return to boil then add browned ribs, salami, potato, rosemary, and dried parsley.
Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours or until the short ribs are tender. Remove from heat.
Preheat the oven to 375F
Transfer the stew to 2 individual casseroles or ramekins, evenly divided to 2 portions. Drape a sheet of puff pastry over the sides of the casserole. Trim away any excess dough.
Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
When fermenting, yogurt must be kept around 110o F(43
o C). A cooler environment will not facilitate fermentation, and higher
temperatures will kill the bacteria needed for fermentation. Also, the maintenance of a consistent safe
temperature keeps your yogurt safe to eat once finished. The best results are usually
assured by the use of an incubator.
Advantages of eating in season are many, but If you are willing to harvest from your backyard orchard, and/or vegetable garden or visit your local u-pick farm and preserve your food you can save a great deal and eat better too. Even purchasing in season at your local grocer can save your family money.
Here is a quick list of some of the benefits:
Your produce will taste better. Produce harvested when it’s naturally at its best will mean it will also taste its best and give you the optimum nutrients.
It will save you money. In-season produce is often on-sale produce and or less expensive for a quick sale. Especially, if you are willing to visit the local farmer’s market or visit the local u-pick farms and replace money with a little family work and exercise.
You’ll discover new, fruit and vegetable choices. The world of fruits, vegetables, and roots is a larger one than most of our shopping habits indicate. Eating in season will introduce you to new types of fruits, vegetables, and roots and give you more knowledge of nutritious choices. Many heirloom varieties do not ship or store well and therefore will not be in the supermarket.
Eating in season also tends to support local growers, which helps the local economy and reduces pollution. Also, as you get to know your local farmer and you will be helping to keep what remains of the local family famil alive for the future. In speaking and making friends with your local farmer you may find there are other opportunities to broaden your diet as many raise heritage livestock, which can make their way to your table. They can let you what crop will next be available and when.
Orange honey butter is an easy way to add some flavor and character to your meals and can be a nice addition to holidays meals. With the added benefit that orange honey butter can be prepared a couple of days in advance, so, it will be one less thing to prepare on those busy cooking days.
1/2 cup (125 ml) softened Butter
1/4 cup (50 ml) honey
1 tsp (5 ml) finely grated orange zest.
Place all ingredients in a small bowl
With a mixer, mix at a high speed until light and fluffy.
Store unused Orange Honey Butter in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Let the butter warm the butter to about room temperature before serving.